Glynn Purnell teams up with college in search for star apprentice

10 September 2012 by
Glynn Purnell teams up with college in search for star apprentice

Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell has teamed up with South and City College Birmingham to find two young apprentices who will work with him at his fine-dining restaurant Purnell's and the newly opened Purnell's Bistro.

Young chefs aged between 16 and 24 are being invited to apply for an 11-week Introduction to Cookery course at South and City College Birmingham, where they will learn the basic principles of professional cookery.

Purnell, who started his career as an apprentice, will mentor the students during the course, with each student having the opportunity to spend time at his eponymous restaurant in Birmingham.

On completion of the course, Purnell will select two to become his apprentices, who will work closely with him gaining hands-on skills, while at the same time working towards a qualification at the college.

"We have incredible talent in the Midlands, but like with everything we need to dig deep to discover it. I was once an apprentice and I know how hard it is to get an opportunity to get your foot in the door. Working in partnership with South and City College Birmingham we aim to offer exceptional students an apprenticeship to work with me and the team at Purnell's restaurant, Ginger's Bar and Purnell's Bistro," Purnell said.

Mike Hopkins, principal of the college said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring young chefs in Birmingham. Not only will the students gain a recognised qualification, but they will work with one of the top chefs in the country, learning all the skills they need to give them the best start in their careers.

"Glynn is a great role model as well as a top chef, and he believes in helping young people in Birmingham, as I do. I hope this will be the start of a long partnership between Glynn and South and City College."

To apply for the 11-week introductory course, you will need to register with the National Apprentice Service. For more information go to

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